Microsoft: More than 1 million Xbox One consoles sold in 24 hours

Microsoft has announced that more than one million Xbox One consoles have been sold in 24 hours, making it the biggest launch in Xbox history. While the company has only sold three consoles in the Xbox history, regardless of that fact, the Xbox One holds the crown for the most successful launch for the company.

This is obviously a tremendous achievement for the company on two fronts, one being that there was considerable demand for the console upfront despite some initial negative feedback and two, that they were able to produce one million units for the launch of the device.

Microsoft said that the Xbox One is sold out at most retailers and that they are working quickly to replenish stock. Naturally, no other information was given about when next shipments would go out, so if you are hoping to get your hands on a console before the holidays arrives, it's likely best to check with your local retailer.

Microsoft stated:

“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”

To put all that gaming into perspective, Microsoft tossed out a few facts about several of that launch titles that consumers have been playing:

  • Over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3”
  • Over 3.6 million miles driven in “Forza Motorsport 5"
  • Over 7.1 million combos in “Killer Instinct”
  • Over 8.5 million enemies defeated in “Ryse: Son of Rome”

Sony, who launched its console last week, also stated that they sold over 1 million consoles in North America in the first 24 hours. While Microsoft did not break down its sales figures to specifically say North America, it looks like both companies had a fantastic first day of sales.

So there you have it, the Xbox One sold more than one million consoles on the day it was released (this includes pre-orders) and this is only the beginning for the next generation console from the folks in Redmond. With the holiday shopping season kicking off next week, it looks like Microsoft should be able to add to that one million number rather quickly as consumers look to put an Xbox One under the Christmas tree.

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To Xbox One and PS4 owners: Enjoy being beta-testers and thank you for making my purchase 6-12 months down the road worth it.

Shadowzz said,
So you can get a cleaned out version. Like PS3 - PS3slim and PSVita - PSVita 2000.

thank you!!! you get my point very clear!!!

And you don't think both would have sold more if they had more stock?

Both systems pretty much sold out because they can't keep up with demand at the moment.

MS wanted a slightly bigger roll out so they had to divide their stock over more countries

This was supposed to be a comment to torrentthief but placed it wrong

meh, those 1 million are worldwide unlike Sony's. I reckon Sony will outsell microsoft by 30% by Jan 1st. Next year microsoft will probably be forced to bundle Forza 5 and Titanfall in order to boost sales to compete with PS4.

torrentthief said,
meh, those 1 million are worldwide unlike Sony's. I reckon Sony will outsell microsoft by 30% by Jan 1st. Next year microsoft will probably be forced to bundle Forza 5 and Titanfall in order to boost sales to compete with PS4.
Interesting analysis.

Haha yeah. It's thorough all the way to the conclusion.

Seriously though, if Sony sold 1 million PS4 in USA/Canada and MS sold 850.000 in USA/Canada (just guessing here), what's the big deal?

Gaara sama said,
Wrong Sony was sold in usa/canada and X1 was sole more then 5 country.

Do you by any chance have the breakdown of numbers? For example how many units were made available per country and how many were sold. I know that in Australia there were units available in the local EB Games store in Docklands on launch day.

Oh man, Microsoft totally artificially limited supply just to make it appear like there was great demand for their product.

Lame joking aside, I'm really looking forward to this generation, and seeing how this platform matures.

Well, there is some truth to my lame joke. I was poking fun at the members of the Neowin community who are quick to cry, "artificially limited supply," whenever a new product in high demand sells out.

I was one of millions who got one, unfortunately I was also one of the one's with a lemon. Kinect not detected and game disc not detected either. MS says my replacement won't be here until December 3rd...so glad I preordered.

spudtrooper said,
You found your second one? Wife got me one from Costco, the new one they opened got 700 today
I stood in line for 12 hours at Best Buy and got one. The Mrs. stood in line with me and got a ticket for the second one. After twelve hours in line, I can safely say that I will always pre-order from now on.

Microsoft lost my business when the made a piece of junk console that broke after 1 years use. Good way to get people to buy multiple systems I guess though.

Your fault if you didn't take advantage of the warranty. Either that or you're just making stuff up. They went at great lengths to cover the RRoD issues.

Alrighty then.

Not sure what you're here for? This is a topic about a Microsoft product launch that you've just said you're not interested in.

The original console came with a one year, and after the RROD issue became widespread, they offered a retroactive 3 year warranty. Retroactive means that even people who were out of warranty by time they offered the extension were covered

Alright trolls! We know that xbox comes with 1 year warranty. Gaara sama just trying to tell his experience, but I guess is his did not enjoy xbox at all. he should not talk here...

Gaara sama said,
my Fault? Microsoft consolante come with 1 year warranty. by the way Microsoft lost my business long time ago.

Did someone hold a gun on your head to skip the free extended warranty?

I'm a PS4 fan and had a PS2 as a kid but for the life of me I have no idea why Microsoft would actually insult some of their most loyal fans. People should not have to go on their system daily or have it shut down. They also should get some games free like Sony has done. I hate the fact that both systems require you to "buy" online access now in addition. On a side note I wish they'd develop cross platform gaming on a centralized network so I could beat a PC person and have my xbox buddies on my team at the same time.

"People should not have to go on their system daily or have it shut down. " They don't, stop making up stuff
"They also should get some games free like Sony has done." They already started doing this for the 360, and they have confirmed that they are bringing the same offer to the One in the new year

Yeah play a nice game of BF4 cross-platform. XBO/PS4 vs PC... haha, you are aware that a mouse is way more superior then a gamepad right.
MS experimented with such a game few years ago for 360 and PC, forgot which one. But turned out, the PC players had to be crippled immensely cause they kept running circles around the 360 players.

And 360 controller > PS3 for FPS.

But didn't Microsoft congratulate Sony for their console launch?.... and vise versa......
I don't they react and fight like bitter kids on the interweb.

Obviously, Sony wants to sell more than MS for consoles in the end but they need a strong competitor or people will start beating the "consoles are on the way out" drum. Look up the interview Yoshida had with Greg Miller (IGN) who said this exact thing.

I haven't actually seen anyone with an Xbox One. They must not be selling at all. Clearly these are just figures on the amount of Ones shipped to stores, not sold to customers.

/s

Enron said,
I haven't actually seen anyone with an Xbox One. They must not be selling at all. Clearly these are just figures on the amount of Ones shipped to stores, not sold to customers.

/s

The Xbox One launched in a total of 13 countries, 11 more than the PlayStation 4.

PS4 launched only on US and canada.. hmmm interesting

Was expecting more to be honest from a worldwide launch. PS4 got that many in NA alone. Not to mention the EU launch next week.

Supply is likely a big factor here.

Given that Foxconn is manufacturing for both this is probably the case. Looks like they even played it nice and split their production equally.

Merson316 said,
Was expecting more to be honest from a worldwide launch. PS4 got that many in NA alone. Not to mention the EU launch next week.

Supply is likely a big factor here.


I think that as a whole MS was only able to produce 1 million for the world wide release. Had they focused 1 mil just for US it would have sold but now MS is in homes in the US and got an upper hand in the rest of the world.

greenwizard88 said,

No. Not with a worldwide launch. I'm surprised it isn't more.

do you know how many they produced? whos to say the amount supplied in N.A is the same? plus there is still 1/4 of the day left for a 24 hour north American count.

greenwizard88 said,

No. Not with a worldwide launch. I'm surprised it isn't more.

Because there couldn't make any more in time. Everywhere here in the UK has sold out. I cant find anywhere with stock.